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Nuggets

Nuggets submitted by the NASA SMD Science Activation community can be found here.

To submit a nugget:

1) Create your nugget using the template provided in the link below. Please note:

a.  One Slide (plus the title slide though it will not be posted)
b.  Use timely information
c.  Include who, what, where, why information
d.  Audience: Stakeholders and General Public
e.  Use plain language
f.  Spell out acronyms
g.  Do not use red text
h.  Use interesting visuals with captions, but ensure parental release forms are obtained before using images with minors (or use a different image)
i.  Remember to include a high res photo (for posting on science.nasa.gov/learners/nuggets).

2) Use the following template for naming your file: DATE SUBMITTED_PI LAST NAME_SMD DIVISION (Astro, Earth, Helio, Planetary, or CrossDivision)

3) Email your completed nugget file and one high resolution image file used in the nugget to Lin Chambers.

4) Post your nugget to the workspace (Create+ --> Nugget), making it public, and tagging your group, the SciAct Collective, and the Community Page.
 

Click Here for the Current Nugget Template


Congratulations to all GLOBE Mission Earth-West schools who participated in the 2019 data challenge. A total of nine schools entered over 900 GLOBE measurements!

A special congratulations to Met Sacramento’s teacher, Jon Thackery, who’s class entered 518 data measurements with the GLOBE Observer App. 

Close runner-up's include:

•Skyridge Elementary: Juliet Hamilton’s & April Johnstone’s classes for entering 219 data measurements.

•ASCEND Charter: Jessica Kunz’s classes for...

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Roughly 2,000 people attended the Bell Museum’s Space Fest in St. Paul, MN on February 1-2. Participants learned about lunar science, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, NASA’s Artemis program, meteorites, and the OSIRIS-REx mission courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division. Event goers explored the Moon and near-Earth asteroid Bennu via hands-on tactile models, meteorites (including a touchable lunar meteorite), and Earth...

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Jessica Taylor, NASA scientist for Langley Research Center, visited grade 4 students in Ms. Lisa Smith at Hannah Crawford School, Crestline, OH via zoom conferencing. These grade 4 students collect data on clouds and surface temperature and submit that data to the GLOBE Program. The students composed a song about NASA and sang it to Ms. Taylor. Ms. Smith is part of the GLOBE Mission EARTH program at the University of Toledo.

Quote from Lisa Smith’s Facebook Page stating the impact the...

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Elizabeth Joyner of My NASA Data joined the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University to offer a 60-minute national webinar to over 70 registrants. 

More about My NASA Data (MND):

MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story maps) in support of NGSS Earth System phenomena. In this webinar, Elizabeth Joyner, project lead for My NASA...

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Summary of GLOBE and GLOBE Observer citizen science efforts at Camp Discovery (Blythewood, SC) as a result of the GLOBE Camp Pilot 2019. 

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•In January 2020, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) awarded 350 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to science and children’s museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and US Virgin Islands. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2020.

•Each toolkit contains all the necessary materials, educator guides, and media for STEM hands-on activities that explore the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe with...

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Recruitments for the Rovers Observation and Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars student challenge is in full swing with participation significantly higher that the ANGLeS student challenge fro 2019/2020.

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On November 18 & 19, 2019, Infiniscope officially launched a partnership with LAUSD – East District in an effort to provide interdisciplinary Earth and space science training and resources to middle and high school teachers.

Each day, STEM specialists across East District heard from NASA Program Manager Kristen Erickson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist Dr. Steve Vance, and Arizona State University’s Infiniscope team. The primary focus for these training days was to share NASA...

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During the fall semester of 2019, GLOBE Mission EARTH University Professors Drs. Kevin Czajkowski and Mark Templin from the University of Toledo (UT), Ohio and Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University (TSU) engaged their Undergraduate, Pre-Service Education Students in educating K-12 students about GLOBE and conducting research. The K-12 students observed clouds and the heights of trees on their school grounds. They also collected surface temperature data and learned about urban...

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In collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Earth to Sky held a two-day pre-conference workshop as a component of the annual conference of the National Association for Interpretation, November 11-12, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

 

Eighteen informal educators from around the country who work for federal, state and local agencies, universities, and NGOs attended the workshop, which featured NASA and NCAR science and resources and...

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The Earth to Sky Partnership (ETS) team coordinated a NASA booth at the National Association for Interpretation's annual conference in Denver Colorado, Nov 13-16, 2019. ETS staff joined with colleagues from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Earth, Heliophysics, Astrophysics and Planetary sciences outreach staff to engage with hundreds of enthusiastic informal educators at the conference. Many positive contacts were made, and eyes were opened to the broad scientific, visual and educational...

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In spring of 2019, Earth to Sky's co-lead Anita Davis received an inquiry from Glacier Bay National Park (GLBA) rangers for new information about the changing glaciers in the park. Anita contacted Dr. Christopher Shuman (UMBC JCET), a scientist working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Cryospheric Sciences Lab for any updates that might be provided. In turn, Dr Shuman undertook development of a 1972-2018 Landsat imagery time series depicting changes to glaciers in the park.

His...

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  • On November 14, 2019, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 12. GSFC SSED planetary geologist Natalie Curran discussed her current and future work with Apollo lunar samples through the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program while SSED outreach coordinator Staci Tiedeken provided an overview of lunar exploration before the Apollo era and a retrospective look at the Apollo 12 mission at the GSFC Visitor...

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My NASA Data team members, Elizabeth Joyner and Desiray Wilson, presented "NASA Resources Support Instruction of NGSS Earth System Phenomena" in the national webinar series hosted by The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).

MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story...

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On October 20th, 2019, members of the GPM Science team and several other Earth Science outreach professionals were on hand to share the excitement of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission with over 100 children and families who braved the poruing rain to attend the Sunday Experiment at GSFC's Visitor Center. 

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I've been conducting interviews with colleagues in the space sciences from underrepresented groups for a few years now as part of my work with the NSSEC program. I'm so happy to share this 20 min film that explores some of the challenges that white women and people of color face in space science, and science more broadly. Meet some space scientists who are changing the social image of who does science.

Enjoy. Learn. Share

http://multiverse.ssl.berkeley.edu/FullSpectrum

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100 students from underrepresented communities in the Houston area attended a free, one-day STEM academy at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) facilitated by volunteers from Best Buy’s Geek Squad. LPI scientists and public engagement staff assisted in integrating planetary science content into the activities.

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LPI's portable planetarium was set-up at the Texas A&M-Galveston campus to share solar system science and exploration with undergraduate maritime studies students. Dr. Michael Evans of NASA JSC used the opportunity to recruit students to take his Spring 2020 planetary geology course that will be offered on campus.

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SEES Interns highlight their research from the summer intern program at the Texas GIS Forum.

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WestED and UC Berkeley (part of GLOBE Mission Earth) hosted the 2019 Fall NARM (North American Regional Meeting) for GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California on October 16 & 17, 2019. Drs. Allison Leidner (NASA) and Tony Murphy (GLOBE) welcomed the group. STEM Equity and serving underrepresented urban youth in STEM learning and careers was the underlying theme throughout the PD and NARM. Lunch speaker...

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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign commenced on September 15, 2018, in conjunction with NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 or ICESat-2 satellite launch on the same date at 6:02am PDT.

This campaign is a student research campaign focusing on tree height - one of the measurements conducted by the ICESat-2 mission.

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On October 5, 2019, the Goddard Visitor Center celebrated the 10th year of International Observe the Moon Night: an annual global celebration of lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and our personal and cultural connections to the Moon. 534 visitors + 78 volunteers (from all GSFC science divisions and community partners) participated in the event, which featured a welcome by Charles Bolden and continued celebrations of Apollo 50th anniversaries, current...

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The Answer: Design a project-based learning question that appeals to the students’ interest! The McKinley STEMM Elementary School grade 8 students asked the driving question "Is the water in Toledo clean and safe enough for Mohawk (dog) and other dogs to swim in?" On September 24, students did the nine water quality GLOBE protocols testing the Maumee River along with Clouds and Surface Temperature at Sidecut Metropark in Maumee, Ohio (located outside of Toledo, OH).

At one station, Dr....

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Suzi Taylor, a member of the AREN team based at Montana State University, was one of the top 10 GLOBE Observers during the summer Lewis & Clark GO on a Trail summer campaign June 1 to Sept. 2. 

Taylor submitted 29 observations in the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail swath (including four near Observation Stations or visitor’s centers and two near designated Lewis and Clark historic sites), plus another 27 outside of the swath. Her observations ranged from the top of a mountain peak...

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On September 19, 2019, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division partnered with the Boston Red Sox to host 4,111 students and teachers at historic Fenway Park. Schools from across New England participated, including students from underserved areas and several Massachusetts Teacher of the Year award recipients. Students learned about a wide array of NASA careers and missions through hands-on activities, talks, and demonstrations. In particular, Astronaut Scott Tingle’s recorded message...

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